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. susan mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. yeah, this is coming from a newly declassified document that seems to provide legal rationale for the government to target u.s. abroad suspected of being terrorists without due process. this is an out growth of legislation from 9/11 and now there's an outcry from capitol hill and elsewhere that it goes too far. the white house is vigorously defending a justice department memo which says the administration can use drones to attack and kill american citizens working with terrorists. >> these strikes are legal. they're ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: the memo originally obtained by nbc news says killing a u.s. citizen who's a senior in al qaeda is lawful under three conditions. the suspect is to kill americans. it's not possible to capture him before the attack and it follows law and war principles but some on chile will concerned that it violates the constitutional right of american suspects to a trial by jury and on tuesday the white house press corps pushed obama on the issue. >> this is giving l
of cuts the pentagon will have to make, cuts he says will seriously undermine the military. susan mcginnis is in washington this morning. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. the cuts are already happening. the pentagon is shrinking its presence in the persian gulf of aircraft carriers. it's par of that long list that secretary panetta that said these cuts are going to have to happen in the coming weeks all because congress cannot agree on an alternative to the budget cuts that are going to kick in as well as a 2013 budget. the "uss truman" was expected to pull out of norfolk tomorrow to head to the persian gulf but wednesday afternoon word came in the truman will stay in port to save money. >> playing the waiting game. it's not very nice not knowing when we're pulling out. >> the pentagon is carrying u.s. presence overseas ahead of $55 billion budget cuts that kick in march 1st. >> this is not a game. >> outgoing defense secretary leon panetta says congress's avoidance of finding cuts is seriously damage america. >> they would degrade our ability to respond to crises precisel
. susan mcginnis is in washington this morning. susan, good morning. >> anne-marie, good morning. we have an economy still struggling despite positive signs like higher consumer spending and business. we expect sluggish growth in today's report. of course, any surprises there could jolt the market. wall street is eagerly awaiting the government's january jobs report. analysts predict the company added jobs last month but not enough to budge the unemployment rate from its current 7.8%. >> it's been a slow process. >> latoya patrick is one of america's estimate 12 million unemployed workers. she's been looking for a job since the fall after graduating with a master's degree. >> i'm not going to lie. it's been tough sometimes. when you're home, you feel like i spent all this time going to school and it's like nobody's giving you a chance. >> economists say until more people like latoya find jobs the economy will continue to suffer. it shrank for the first time in three years. one day after that dismal gdp report, he disbanded the jobs council. ghav republicans here on capitol hill new ammuni
, they would have to pass a background check, learn english and u.s. history, and pay back taxes. susan mcginnis with more now from washington. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. it's not clear whether the white house leaked this plan or not but either way they want the plan so they can continue on the bipartisan bill. the white house is responding after a draft of its version of an immigration reform bill was leaked to the press this weekend. the white house says it's simply backup plan. >> we will be prepared with our own plan if these ongoing talks between republicans and democrats up on capitol hill break down. >> white house sources tell cbs news this wasn't a planned leak but republicans are skeptical. >> leaks don't happen in washington by accident. this raises the question many of us continue to wonder about. does the president want a result rult or does he want another beatup of republicans so he can get political advantage in the next election? >> i met with the president wednesday and he agreed to give us the space we need with the bipartisan proposal. >> still many rep
to pass a background check, learn english and u.s. history, and pay back taxes. susan mcginnis with more now from washington. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. it is not clear whether the white house leaked this plan on purpose or not, but either way, lawmakers here on capitol hill want that plan tabled so that a group of senators known as the gang of eight can continue their work on a bipartisan bill. the white house is responding after a draft of its version of an immigration reform bill was leaked to the press this weekend. the white house says it's simply a backup plan. >> we will be prepared with our own plan if these ongoing talks between republicans and democrats up on capitol hill break down. >> white house sources tell cbs news this wasn't a planned leak but some republicans are skeptical. >> leaks don't happen in washington by accident. this raises the question many of us continue to wonder about. does the president really want a result or does he want another to beat up the republicans so he can get political advantage in the nex
the country is on the wrong track. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning, susan. >> hey, good morning, anne-marie. yeah, the president seemed emboldened and unyielding last night. he fleshed out lots of the themes from tin august rail address talking about how to get the middle class thriving again and talking about how to revive the economy and also unveiled some new initiative including universal preschool and voting initiativess and raising the minimum wage burke he gave the speech before a deeply divided congress many of whom believe when it comes to the nation's problems, government is not the solution. >> fellow americans -- >> president obama used the first state of the union address of his second term to send a message to lawmakers, get to work. >> the american people don't expect government to solve every problem, but they do expect us to put the nation's interests before party. >> the hour-long speech focused mainly on domestic and economic issues and on the need for a divided congress to compromise. he said political brinksmanship, threats
obama is doing but 54% believe the country is on the wrong track. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning, susan. >> hey, good morning, anne-marie. yeah, the president seemed emboldened and unyielding last night. he fleshed out a lot of themes from the inaugural address, talk about,000 get the middle class thriving again and the economy and unveiled new initiative including universal preschool and voting initiative and raising minimum kwaj but he gave the speech before a deeply devietded congress, many of whom believe whelp it comes to the nation's problems, government is not the solution. >> fellow americans -- >> president obama used the first state of the union address of his second term to send a message to lawmaker, get to work. >> the american people don't expect government to solve every problem, but they do expect us to put the nation's interests before party. >> the hour-long speech focused mainly on economic ins and on the need for a divided cork to compromise. he said political brinksmanship, collateral cutdown. >> let's agree to keep the government open and pay our bil
kick in one week from today. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning, susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. with this deadline coming next friday, congress went on recess this week and to many that's making the massive budget cuts inevitable and more americans are realizing they will feel the pain. with congress out of town, president obama called republican leaders thursday to talk about the sequester. it's the first time the three men have talked since the start of the year. >> both sides, i think, aren't really making a move and both sides, i think, look bad in the process. >> reporter: both sides look bad to seaside heights, new jersey, mayor bill acre. he's trying to get his town ready for the summer town tourist season after hurricane sandy devastated the resort town and now it faces another blow. this one from washington. the budget cuts called sequestration could result in a drop of sandy-related assistance. >> where do i have to cut the services? is it going to be in protection? is it going to be in garbage pickup? is it maybe we don't do a road
three quarters of the u.s. airline traffic. susan mcginnis is in washington with more on this story. susan, good morning. >> good morning. this is the latest mergener this massive consolidation that has taken place over just the last five or six years. this one's going to combine the third and fourth biggest airlines to form the largest. now, the typical winners in these massive deals are usually airlines themselves because they can save on jet fuel and routes and boost profits on wall street. for travelers it often leads to higher fares, fewer flights, and fewer assets. american airlines and us airways are joining forces to join the biggest airline in the world. >>> our best goal going forward is to make it the biggest strongest airline in the country, and i suppose that's about to happen. >> the combined carrier will have american airlines' new look and its old name. it combines continental and delta. >> the only way to survive at least some of the airlines believe is to merge together, grow, and then don't overlap as much. >> with american in bankruptcy, i
the finger at president obama. >>> susan mcginnis is in washington as the clock ticks away. susan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. that meeting between the president and two republican senators is supposed to focus only immigration, but it's pretty likely that the budget cuts will be part of that discussion. first, the president is going to make a quick jump out of town to a place he says will suffer greatly if these budget cuts happen. president obama heads to a virginia shipbuilding town today. newport news, virginia, is home to many navy and defense contractors. families could face layoffs in automatic budget cuts kick in this friday. >> and leave a lot of folks who are already pretty thinly stretched scrambling to figure out what to do. >> reporter: republicans in congress are criticizing the president, saying he should stay in washington. >> stop campaigning and come back to the table and work with us. >> reporter: the main sticking point between the white house and congressional republicans, taxes. republicans say they'd raise taxes in the fiscal cliff deal in
. thank you, susan mcginnis in washington. >>> on the "cbs moneywatch," getting the dreamliner off the ground and the takeover. good morning. >> good morning. worries about monetary tightening by china sent stocks down. tokyo's nikkei lost more than 1%. hodge congress's hang seng fell nooem 2%. bad day on wall street. the federal reserve said wednesday it might scale back its bond-buying program, and that sent stocks tumbling. the dow plummeted 108 points, its biggest loss of the year. the nasdaq sank 49. boeing may have a plan to get their grounded dreamliner fleet back in the air. a company kpek will meet with federal regulators tomorrow and present the plan for the lithium ion batters from failing. they're looking into possible insider trading around the sale of heinz ketchup. the day before they bought it, an investor bought 350 stock options. the s.e.c. said they used a swiss-based account with goldman sachs. in one day the investment soared to $1.8 million. >>> the company made the announcement yesterday. analysts had expected the sale for years and will allow the times to fo
. the president asked congress to take action on several issues. susan mcginnis reports that republicans are already pushing back. >> reporter: president obama traveled to north carolina this morning to visit an auto parts factory. he's focusing on creating more manufacturing jobs after proposing a $1 billion boost to manufacturing research in his state of the union address. >> after shedding jobs for more than ten years, our manufacturers have add about 75,000 jobs over the past three. >> reporter: the president also wants congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9. and he's asking for $40 billion to fix some of the nation's roads and bridges. >> nothing i'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. it is not a bigger government we need but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth. >> reporter: but republicans here on capitol hill are already rejecting many of the president's proposals. the g.o.p. says his plan would mean more government spending and tax increases. >> following four years of this president's unwil
all of its missions. but others are ready to let the chips fall where they may. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning, soon. >> good morning, anne-marie. it's not just defense. these cuts would hit teachers, agents, fbi, border patrol, food inspectors, and a lot more. now, with this deadline looming, congress is not here this week. they went out on recess. when they come back on monday, there'll be four days left to reach a compromise, and while many believe there will be an 11th hour agreement, there seems to be growing sentiment here on capitol hill to let the sequester happen. defense department workers got sobering news on wednesday. most of them will take a big pay cut unless something is done to avoid to deep bucket cuts known as the sequester. >> if furloughs are enacted, civilians will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. >> reporter: robert hale the chief's pentagon budget officer says the furlough will save the government $4 billion to $5 billion, but president obama says the cuts should be made elsewhere
announced an $11 billion merger. it would create the world's largest airline. susan mcginnis looks at what this could mean for passengers. >>> reporter: american airs and u.s. airways are joining forces to form the biggest airline in the world. >> our best goal going forward is to make it the biggest strongest airline in the country and i suppose that's about to happen. >> reporter: the combined carrier will have american airlines' new look and its old name ranking ahead of united which joined continental in 2010 and delta which absorbed northwest airlines in 2008. >> the only way to survive at least some of the airlines believe is to merge together, grow and then don't overlap as much. >> reporter: with american in bankruptcy it will be up to a federal judge to decide if the deal will be a good one for its creditors. >> american if it had not done some sort of merger would have been inferior to its bigger competitors in terms of its net worth. >> reporter: the department of justice will also have to sign off on the deal. federal regulators will
that attack. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. good morning susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. senator lindsey graham has been one of the biggest critics of the white house's response to the attacks in benghazi. now he's threatening to use his senatorial privilege to try to block the nominations of chuck hagel for defense secretary and also john brennan for head of the cia in order to get the white house to give answers. >> you're about to make some news here, i think. you are saying that you are going to block the nominations. you're going to block them from coming to a vote until you get an answer to this. >> yes. >> reporter: on cbs's "face the nation" sunday, senator lindsey graham acknowledged he would use a rule that allows a senator to put a hold on presidential nominees. he hopes by delaying the confirmation of chuck hagel and john brennan he can force the white house to answer questions about how much president obama knew about the september 11th attack in benghazi. >> i want to know what our president did. what did he do as commander i
mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. yeah, this is coming from a newly declassified document that seems to provide legal rationale for the government to target u.s. abroad suspected of being terrorists without due process. this is an out growth of legislation from soon after 9/11 but now there's an outcry from the u.s. capitol hill and elsewhere that the license to kill goes too far. the white house is vigorously defending a justice department memo which says the administration can use drones to attack and kill american citizens working with terrorists. >> these strikes are legal. they're ethical. and they are wise. >> the memo originally obtained by nbc news says killing a u.s. citizen who is a senior operational leader in al qaeda or an associated force is law ulf under three conditions. the suspect is to kill americans. it's not possible to capture him before the attack and it follows law and war principles but some on capitol hill are concerned that the policy violates the constitutional right of american terror sus
house and congressional republicans. i'm susan mcginnis in washington. i'll have that story coming up. >> over a billion dollars in funding demanded. i'm mike schuh live. that's what the supporters of city schools are asking from annapolis. the story next. >> a baltimore county councilman accused of driving under the influence. i'm adam may. now we're learning about phone calls he made the night of his arrest seeking special treatment. i'll have the details coming up. >> and i'll have the details of your morning commute coming up in just a few. let me give you a hint, we're looking at delays. that's straight ahead. >> how the new cbs drama golden boys was influenced by homicide. coming up on coffee with. we'll be right back >>> this is wjz tv, baltimore. >> good morning maryland. now don scott, marty bass, and the latest breaking news from wjz's news team. your first warning weather and wjz traffic control with sharon gibala. it's wjz, maryland's news station. >>> it is 6:30 and that's a live look at the traffic streaming into the city from
. susan mcginnis is in washington this morning. susan, good morning. >> anne-marie, good morning. yeah, we have an economy that's still struggling despite some positive signs like higher consumer spending, higher business investment. the job market is similar. we expect sluggish growth in today's report. of course, any surprises there could jolt the market. wall street is eagerly awaiting the government's january jobs report. analysts predict the country added jobs last month but not enough to buck the unemployment rate from its current 7.8%. >> it's been a slow process. >> latoya patrick is one of america's estimated 12 million unemployed workers. she's been looking for a job since the fall after graduating with a master's degree. >> i'm not going to lie. it's been really tough sometimes. when you're home, you feel like you feel like you know i spent all this time going to school and it's like nobody's giving you a chance. >> economists say until more people like latoya find jobs the economy will continue to suffer. the government announced wednesday the economy s
he says will seriously undermine the military. susan mcginnis is in washington this morning. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. the cuts are already happening. the pentagon is shrinking its presence in the persian gulf of aircraft carriers. it's par of that long list that secretary panetta released saying these cuts are going to have to happen in the coming weeks all because congress cannot agree on an alternative to the automatic budget cuts that are planning to kick in as well as a 2013 budget. the "uss truman" was scheduled to pull out of norfolk, virginia, tomorrow expected to head to the persian gulf but wednesday afternoon word came in the truman will stay in port to save money. >> playing the waiting game. it's not very nice not knowing when we're pulling out. >> the pentagon is carrying u.s. presence overseas ahead of $55 billion in budget cuts that kick in march 1st. >> this is not a game. >> outgoing defense secretary leon panetta says congress's inact to find a way to avoid the cuts has endangered america's security. >> these steps w
will take effect on friday. susan mcginnis is in washington well more. susan, good morning. >> anne-marie good morning. some of the cuts have already taken place. immigration officials say they're starting to release hundreds and hundreds of illegal aliens from detention from around the country saying they're not going to be able to pay for them. critics on capitol hill say this is a political move and a scare tactic. the government is releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention centers across the country. officials say they had no choice because of the across-the-board budget cuts which kick in friday. >> i'm supposed to have 34,000 detention beds for immigration. how do i pay for those? >> reporter: in arizona the sheriff says congress is dumping its problems on him. >> the mass budget pardon. you never heard of such a thing. they're being pardoned because of the budge. it's insanity. >> reporter: house speaker boehner says the obama administration is trying to scare americans. >> i can't believe they can't find the kind of savings they need out
in october has passed congress. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. good morning, susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. and more votes take place today on both democratic and republican proposals with little hope of those passing. also this meeting happening tomorrow between the president and congressional leaders seems to be comingkomcoming on the same day that the budget cuts are set to take place. that's kind of illustrating a growing acceptance that there's no stopping these cuts now. president obama has softened his language about the impact of the across-the-board budget cuts which kick in tomorrow. >> this is not a cliff, but it is a tumble downward. >> still he warned a group of business leaders in washington, d.c., wednesday night that the cuts will hurt. >> this is going to be a big hit on the economy. >> both sides do seem to agree on one thing, the cuts will begin tomorrow. each side blames the other for lack of action. >> they prefer to keep it alive as a political issue instead. >> senate democrats will offer up a plan today, but republicans a
by the end of the month. as susan mcginnis reports, the pentagon is already slashing military costs. >>> reporter: the uss truman was scheduled to pull out of norfolk, virginia tomorrow to head to the persian gulf but wednesday afternoon word came that truman will stay in port in order to save money. >> playing the waiting game pretty much. it's not very nice not knowing when we're pulling out. >> reporter: the pentagon is cutting u.s. aircraft carriers' presence overseas ahead of $55 billion in budget cuts that kick in march 1. >> this is not a game. >> reporter: outgoing defense secretary leon panetta says congress' inability to find a way to avoid the cuts has endangered america's security. >> these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy and they would degrade our ability to respond to crises precisely at a time of rising instability across the road. >> reporter: the idea is that the budget cuts would be so objectionable here on capitol hill that congress would agree on an alternative. that has proven to be easier said than don
and grow the middle class. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. yeah, we're going to hear it all tonight. this is largely considered a political pep rally to many, but every word is going to be highly dissected. we will hear, of course, about the middle-class jobs and the economy. also the newer things, the social programs the president's pushing for changes in in immigration and gun control and then the familiar themes like energy, education, and infrastructure. all of this delivered before a still sharply divided congress. president obama comes here to capitol hill tonight to fulfill his constitutional duty to inform congress about the state of the union. >> you will hear in the president's state of the union an outline from him for his plan to create jobs and grow the middle class. >> reporter: aides tell us the president's speech will sound more like the speeches he gave during his re-election bid. you can expect to hear a lot about the economy. but critics say once re-elected, the president pivoted and his -- and h
he laid out last night in his state of the union address. as susan mcginnis reports, gun control and the economy are on the front burner. >>> reporter: president obama used the first state of the union address of his second term to send a message to laws, get to work. >> the american people don't expect government to solve every problem. but they do expect us to put the nation's interests before parties. >> reporter: the hour long speeched focused mainly on domestic and economic issues and on the need for a divided congress to compromise. he said, political brinksmanship, threats of government shutdown and unilateral spending cuts hurt the country. >> let's agree right here right now to keep the people's government open and pay our bills on time and always uphold the full faith and credit of the united states of america. >> reporter: the president drew strong applause when he announced that 34,000 troops would be home from afghanistan by this time next year half the u.s. force there. he also got a standing ovation when he talked about gun laws.
are due in court. they spent hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars on themselves. susan mcginnis is in washington with the details on their expected guilty pleas. >> that's right. jesse jackson will appear in federal court here in washington, d.c., this morning, his wife a few hours later this afternoon. his conviction will cap quite a fall from grace for this former congressman and son of civil rights leader the reverend jesse jackson. former congressman jesse jackson jr. and his wife sandy jackson will both appear before a federal judge at this u.s. district courthouse in washington, d.c., today. jackson has agreed to plead guilty to spending $750,000 of campaign donations on personal items, including a gold rolex watch. >> he resigned from the congress. he's doing everything he can to try to make the government happy. he's willing to pay restitution. so he's basically saying hey, listen i've stepped up to the plate, i'm doing everything i can, give me a break. >> it'll will be up to the federal judge to decide whether he gets any kind of break. he fa
shooting may have determined the 18-year-old shooter's motive. cbs reporter susan mcginnis with the signs that point to adam lanza's on section with another mass transit. >> reporter: the shooter in the sandy hook elementary school massacre may have taken his inspiration from a mass murder that took place in norway a year and a half ago. investigators tell cbs news that 20-year-old adam lanza saw himself in direct competition with anders breivik who killed 77 people in july of 2011. eight died in a bombing near a government center in oslo, 69 others shot on a camp on a nearby island. he was obsessed with breivik and trying to top the oslo shooter's body count. >> his mentality not just that i can beat it but i can get more attention, more notoriety, do it more skillfully, do it more efficiently. >> reporter: lanza's killing spree started december 14. police say he killed his mother at their home that morning, and then headed to sandy hook elementary school where he killed 20 children and 6 adults. investigators say he picked the newtown,
and lawmakers to find a way to avoid across-the-board spending cuts. but as susan mcginnis reports, no official negotiations are planned at this time. >>> reporter: president obama heads to a virginia shipbuilding town today. newport news, virginia, is home to many navy and defense contractors. families there could face layoffs if automatic budget cuts kick in this friday. >> a lot of folks were already pretty thinly stretched scrambling to figure out what to do. >> reporter: republicans in congress are criticizing the president saying he should stay in washington. >> stop campaigning and come back to the table and work with us! >> reporter: the main sticking point between the white house and congressional republicans, taxes. the president wants to close tax loopholes along with spending cuts. republicans say they raised taxes in the "fiscal cliff" deal in january. >> mr. president, you got your tax increase. it's time to cut spending here in washington! >> reporter: there seems to be a willingness on the part of some republicans to let the c
news's susan mcginnis report, the meeting will take place after the budget cuts take effect. >> reporter: president obama has softened his language about the impact of the across-the- board budget cuts which kick in tomorrow. >> this is not a cliff. but it is a tumble downward. >> reporter: still he warned a group of business leaders in washington, d.c. wednesday night that the cuts will hurt. >> this is going to be a big hit on the economy. >> reporter: both sides do seem to agree on one thing. the cuts will begin tomorrow. each side blames the other for lack of action. >> they prefer to keep it alive as a political issue instead. >> reporter: democrats will offer up a plan today but republicans will reject it because along with spending cuts, it includes higher taxes from closing loopholes. >> all we're offered is a gimmicky tax hike that's designed to fail. >> reporter: and a republican bill being proposed today isn't likely to pass either. it gives the president flexibility to decide where to make spending cuts but does not bring in any
's likely to focus on job creation, wage growth, and hoe ability in the middle class or lack of it. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: president obama comes here to capitol hill tonight to fulfill his constitutional duty to n.f.l. congress about the state of the union. -- duty to inform congress about the state of the union. >> you'll hear an outline for his plan to create jobs and grow the middle class. >> reporter: the president's speech will sound more like the speeches he gave during his reelection bid. you'll expect to hear a lot about the economic. but critics say once reelected he pivoted and has spent most of his second term working on social issue ises such as gun control and immigration reform. the white house disagrees. >> there's no pivot here. the president's principle preoccupation since he ran for this office beginning in 2007 has been what we need to do to make our economy work for the middle class. >> reporter: the republican response florida senator marco rubio is expected to make the case for how smaller government can benefit the middle class, how less regulation can create
in the senate say they want a gun control bill which can pass both houses of congress. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: president obama takes his pitch for gun safety to minneapolis today. he wants congress to require universal background checks, limit how many bullets gun clips can hold and pass a ban on assault weapons but here in washington, much of the focus is on more limited legislation. >> i think that everyone acknowledges we should do something with background checks. >> reporter: not everyone, wayne lapierre, head of the nra says the president's proposals will not stop gun crime. >> the kinds aren't -- criminals aren't going to comply with it. >> reporter: but mark kelly, husband of gabriel giffords, says they are working and they need to be extended. >> since 1999, 1.7 million people were prevented from getting a firearm because they had a criminal record or a history of mental illness. >> reporter: the toughest sell here on capitol hill is the assault weapons ban, something even the senate's top democrats, majority leader harry reid has not endorsed. >> i didn't vote for the a
of megaairline mergers. >> as sues san mcginnis -- as susan mcginnis reports, it may not be a sweetheart deal when it comes to you and buying airline tickets. >> reporter: american airlines and u.s. airways are joining forces to form the biggest airline in the world. the combined carrier will have american airlines new look and its old name. it will rank ahead of united airlines which joined continental in 2010 and delta which absorbed northwest airlines in 2008. >> the only way to survive, at least some of the airlines believe, is to merge together, grow, and then don't overlap as much. >> reporter: with american in bankruptcy, it will be up to a federal judge to decide if the deal will be a good one for its creditors. >> american if it had not done some sort of a merger would have been interior -- inferior to its biggest competitors in terms of its network. >> reporter: federal regulators will look at whether the merger will mean less competition. >> american will have a monopoly on virtually every route that they fly. >> reporter: if the deal flies, the world's four biggest airlines would
that was former congresswoman michele bachmann. >> okay, susan mcginnis live for us in washington, d.c., thank you. kpix 5 will air the address this evening at 6 p.m. followed a special edition of kpix 5 news at 7:30. >>> the senate armed services committee is meeting right now getting ready to vote on chuck hagel president obama's nominee for secretary of defense. the former senator from nebraska is a republican but he has been criticized by members of his own party for comments he made on israel as well as his past opposition of sanctions against iran. if the economy approves him, his nomination would then need a full senate vote. >>> condemnationof thnuclear test by north korea. china summoned north korea's ambassador for objection. ines ferre reports. >> reporter: diplomats arrived at the united nations for a closed-door emergency meeting. they are discussing how to respond to north korea's announcement that it has tested another nuclear bomb. it happenedatunderground lity last night. the type of device has not been confirmed. u.s. officials say there are
to minneapolis where he'll push for proposals to gun control durs his visit. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning. >> good morning. this will be the president's first trip outside washington to push his gun proposalproposals. he's pushing for a big rally in support of this. in the meantime the senators are said to be preparing their own legislation very similar to the president's employee posal but conspicuously absent is the assault weapons ban. he takes his pitch for gun safety to minneapolis today. he wants congress to require universal background checks, limit how many bullets gun clips can hold, and pasban on assault weapons. but here in washington, much of the focus is on more limited legislation. >> i think that everyone acknowledges we should do something with background checks. >> not everyone. wayne lapierre, head of the nra says the president's proposals won't stop gun crimes. >> it's a fraud to call it universal. it's never going to be universal. the criminals aren't going to comply with it. >> but mark kelly, husband of former congresswoman gabby giffords says they need
laying out when the president can authorize such attacks. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: the white house is vigorously defending a justice department memo which says the administration can use drones to protect and kill american citizens working with citizens. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical and they are wise. >> reporter: the memo originally obtained by nbc news says killing a u.s. citizen who is a senior operational leader in al qaeda or an associated force is lawful under three conditions. the suspect is engaged in planning operations to kill americans, even if no specific attack is imminent. it's not possible to capture the suspect before the attack, and the operation follows applicable laws and war principles. but there is concern among some on capitol hill that the policy removes the right of american terror suspects to a trial by jury. and on tuesday the white house press corps pushed obama officials on the issue. >> this is giving legal justification for killing american citizens without any trial whatsoever, without any evidence. >> i would point you to the am
,000 rolex in one case. susan mcginnis reports the couple could spend years behind bars. >> reporter: jackson has agreed to plead guilty to spending $750,000 of campaign donations on personal items, including a gold rolex watch. >> he resigned from the congress. he's doing everything he can to try to make the government happy. he's willing to pay restitution so he's basically saying hey, listen, i stepped up to the plate. i've done everything i can. give me a break. >> reporter: it will be up to a federal judge to decide if jackson gets any kind of break. he faces up to five years in prison. >> they'll recommend jail. they'll recommend a five-year term, but the judge can ignore that recommendation. >> reporter: jesse jackson, jr. agreed to resign from congress as part of his plea agreement. in his resignation letter, he tried to protect his wife saying the mistakes were his alone. but prosecutors wouldn't accept any deal without the congressman acknowledging that his wife knew what he was doing. prosecutors say she spent some of the campaign money on furs but they are only charging her with f
in norway back in 2011. connecticut police say that theory is not accurate. susan mcginnis is in washington with more on this. good morning, susan. >> reporter: anne-marie, good morning. law enforcement sources tell us there is evidence adam lanza was obsessed with anders breivik, the killer in a massacre in norway in 2011 where 77 people died, and they say they know why lanza chose sandy hook elementary. the shooter in the sandy hook elementary school massacre may have taken his inspiration from a mass murder that took place in norway a year and a half ago. investigators tell cbs news that 20-year-old adam lanza saw himself in direct competition with anders breivik. [ screams ] >> reporter: breivik killed 77 people in july of 2011. eight died in a bombing near a government center in oslo, 16 others were shot at a teen camp on a nearby island. our sources indicate landers was obsessed with breivik and was trying to top the oslo shooter's body count. the shooting spree started with a murder of his mother that morning and then headed to sandy hook elementary where he killed
the crime scene right now. cbs reporter susan mcginnis with the online manifesto that targets the suspect's former colleagues. >> reporter: police helicopters are flying over the communities of riverside and corona an hour's drive from los angeles. three police officers were shot early today. one died. investigators say the suspect is a former alameda officer and navy reservists named christopher dorner who posted an online manifesto threatening police officials and their families. >> his whereabouts are unknown. and we are asking for the public's help in finding him. we have strong cause to believe dorner is armed and dangerous. >> reporter: dorner is also suspected of shooting and killing a college basketball coach and her fiance in a parking garage sunday night. the father of the coach, monica quan, represented dorner in front of a disciplinary board when dorner was dismissed from the lapd for making false statements. police say he is out for revenge. susan mcginnis, cbs news. >>> the lapd has placed security at the homes of the officers. police sa
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